Edinburgh's bus shelter replacement gets underway

Work is set to begin to replace around 400 of the city’s bus shelters as part of a 10-year partnership with advertising company JCDecaux.

The upgrade programme will start on Sunday 3 May, when five shelters will be removed on the north side of Princes Street.

These will be replaced by new, more modern shelters, designed taking passengers’ views into account. Some of these will feature digital advertising screens providing tourism, local and Council information.

This will form part of the first network of interactive ‘LiveTouch’ screens in the city, centred mainly around Princes Street, through which most bus routes pass.

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “These new bus shelters, installed in partnership with JCDecaux, will allow us to communicate real-time messages to the public, visitors and commuters efficiently, transforming on-street advertising.

“Over the next six months we will endeavour to carry out the replacement programme as smoothly as possible, ensuring minimum disruption to road users and keeping local people and visitors informed.”

New replacement bus shelters will begin to be installed on 17 May, with temporary shelters located near to the original sites where possible.

The improvement programme is expected to last until 31 October, with work taking place outwith peak hours in order to minimise impact on traffic and bus users.

An interactive map showing which bus shelters are being replaced and the dates work is taking place is available online.

Last year the Council signed a ten-year contract with JC Decaux to manage its 1500 bus shelters and 60 large-format billboards, as well as look into other schemes including way-finding signage and a city-wide bicycle hire scheme.

Council-owned bus shelters, which don’t have advertising panels, will be replaced as part of a future programme.

Find out more about the bus shelter replacement programme.

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